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Over 60 companies opened their doors to EVIT’s Automotive students this fall for job shadowing. This annual event immerses the students in their chosen field and exposes them to aspects of the automotive industry they may not have considered.
“When they see the breadth of what goes on here, they’re just in shock,” service director Steve Marley said of Chandler’s Thorobred Chevrolet, one of the participating businesses. In addition to new and used car sales, Thorobred includes an auto parts shop, auto body shop, accessories catalog and service center. It’s a large facility with an equally large range of career opportunities.
Jason Sanchez has worked at Thorobred since completing EVIT’s Automotive program in 2010. He earned his associate degree through the General Motors Automotive Service Educational Program, is ASE and GM certified, and is now training to be a Driveability and Electrical Technician.
He remembers his job shadowing experience as an EVIT student quite well. “I got lost,” he said.
Marley said that’s normal for the job shadowers. “They’re extremely surprised by what they see,” he said.
“It’s huge,” first-year Automotive student Kyle Wagner said of Thorobred Chevrolet during this fall’s job shadowing. “It’s really cool.” The 16-year-old from Mountain Pointe High School was engrossed in learning about front suspensions from service technician Paul Miller.
“From day one, I want (job shadowers) involved and actually working,” Marley said. “I want them to get their hands dirty.”
Tristan Chambers, 18, a Higley High School graduate who is enrolled at EVIT as an adult, enjoyed the job shadowing at Thorobred.
“I like cars and I like this career path,” he said.